The Seattle Times | Author Dr. Kathryn M. Stadeli, Research Resident, UW Department of Surgery | November 8, 2018

“By bringing treatment to those who need it, we could help not only those individuals, but also the families and communities most affected by the opioid crisis.”

Seven-hundred Washingtonians died from opioid-related overdoses in 2017. Synthetic fentanyl, the newest killer, has been on a spree in 2018, with overdose-related deaths from this drug rising 70 percent compared to the same time period last year. Worse, these drugs kill not only through overdose, but also through fatal injuries occurring under the influence of opioids and infections from injecting opioids. MORE